Russians who did not serve over 30 years old will be sent to military training so that they are not “cannon fodder”

Russians over 30 years old, who are in the reserve and have not served before, will be sent to military training immediately after the adoption of the law on raising the draft age for the army, said a member of the State Duma Defense Committee, Lieutenant General Viktor Sobolev.

“Those who are over 30 years old will be recruited to receive a military registration specialty and not be cannon fodder. For this, a lot needs to be done, including we must have a trained mobilization reserve,” Sobolev told

He stressed that this will affect the reserve and reservists who do not have “any military specialty.” Prior to that, the 72-year-old deputy called for sending all Russian youth to military training camps lasting six months to prepare them for a large-scale war with NATO. According to him, “100% of young people” should have a military registration specialty.

However, he also acknowledged that Russia does not have a mobilized deployment base, which was eliminated during the army reform. Problems arose even with the training of 300,000 mobilized men, many of whom were sent to Belarus, where Soviet-style bases were still preserved.

“Today, partial mobilization took place on the basis of military schools, this is completely wrong: both the teachers were cut off, and the cadets were cut off from their studies for several months and did incomprehensible things,” the deputy said.

Another member of the State Duma Committee on Defense, Lieutenant General Andrei Gurulev, called for increasing the mobilization reserve “in case of Poland’s intervention” or to deter NATO from interfering in the war in Ukraine. But the head of the committee, Andrey Kartapolov, said that the mobilization reserve is sufficient at the moment. Nevertheless, “we will not be able to completely dispense with the mobilization reserve in the event of a large-scale war,” he concluded.

The draft law on raising the age of conscription into the army from 18 to 27 years old to from 21 to 30 years old is being developed by the Ministry of Defense and will go to the State Duma in the coming weeks, Nestka wrote, citing two sources in the lower house of parliament. The document will fix a new age – from 21 to 30 years old, but with the help of a by-law, the deputies will fix the “transitional period” for the next few years, when they will be drafted into the army from 18 to 30 years old.


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